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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 17, 2009 10:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When Did Jerry Stop Talking On Stage?

Well , I don;t know where to jump in, but the fear someone might misconstrue some statement by him, and hurt themselves , or someone one else, or him ( I heard he was really freaked by John Lennon's murder )!
As an extra on that JGB dvd from 91 Shoreline, David Kemper tells a story, in which a fan asks Jerry "How's everything"?, and jerry answers "I don't know, I haven't tried everything". And then regretting he said that, " Now he's gonna go a try everything " . So he was keenly aware of the responsibility put on his shoulders, and was careful what he said .
Also, he had a sense of humility, both on a personal level, and on a musical level .
No matter how much adulation he got, he KNEW he was a fuck up, who couldn't control his habits, or manage his own "family" life . Musically , he knew he was not technically on the level of the greatest players . When he played on Ornette's "Virgin Beauty" album, he said he was really scared, ( it is one thing to play to bunch of forgiving Deadheads, it's another to play for one of the great musical masters) . By the way, a friend of mine asked Ornette how did he like Jerry's contribution to the album, he said "it was perfect, exactly what he wanted " . He kept learning and musically growing, till the day he died .
He was not a prophet, or God itself, and preferred to let the music do the talking .

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 17, 2009 12:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When Did Jerry Stop Talking On Stage?

Good pts; in a way, he was caught in the paradox of in many ways embracing an almost anarchist perspective on society and acceptance of having achieved a status that entailed a great deal of responsibility, whether you wanted it or not (eg, to the "family/band" in a financial sense, even to the public, etc.). He defn was humble about his playing; most defn comes thru in all I have heard him say about things in that respect.